Audi A4, A4 Avant and A4 allroad quattro

March 9, 2017
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The new-generation Audi A4 fascinates with its groundbreaking synthesis of technology and aesthetics. All the technology in the Audi brand’s bestselling vehicle family has been redeveloped so as to redefine the benchmark in the segment. Development set great value on reducing CO2 emissions, and the engineers geared all technologies to reducing driving resistance.

Design and lightweight construction
With a length of 4.73 meters (15.5 ft) and a 2.82 meter (9.3 ft) wheelbase, the new Audi A4 stands confidently on the road. The front and rear designs are characterized by horizontal lines that emphasize the car’s width. The flowing design with concise lines communicates the sporty elegance of Audi. The Singleframe grill is broad and flat. The optional headlights with LED or Audi Matrix LED technology with dynamic turn signals provide the visual trademark.

The dimensions of the new Audi A4 have increased compared with the predecessor model, yet the unladen weight has decreased significantly – by up to as much as 110 kilograms (242.5 lb), depending on the engine version. The body is the lightest in the competitive field thanks to an intelligent mix of materials and lightweight design.

Display and operating concept
The new Audi A4 offers a wealth of intelligent technologies. At the same time, operation has become even more intuitive with the new Audi MMI display and operating concept. The optional Audi virtual cockpit, a fully digital instrument cluster, presents the most important information in graphic form on its high-resolution 12.3 inch LCD screen with brilliant resolution, a high level of detail and carefully calculated effects.

MMI control, which is located on the center console, has also been redesigned and serves as the main control element. A touchpad is integrated in the MMI control panel for the top infotainment system, the MMI navigation plus with MMI touch and 8.3-inch monitor. It can be used to zoom in and out as well as to input characters.

The whole MMI control logic is similar to that of a smartphone, including the intelligent free-text search function. The new, natural voice control system can also recognize easily understandable input in everyday language, such as: “I want to call Peter Miller”. Audi can also install an optional head‑up display.

Drive system
Three TFSI and five TDI engines make up the engine line for the new Audi A4. Their power output has increased considerably and is now between 90 kW (122 hp) and 200 kW (272 hp). On the other hand, fuel consumption has been reduced by up to 21 percent. The A4 2.0 TDI ultra needs only 3.7 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers (63.6 US mpg) which equates to CO2 emissions of 95 grams per kilometer (152.9 g/mi). All the engines combine efficiency with sporty power development and smooth running – especially the two 3.0 TDI six-cylinder engines.

The new Audi A4 has a groundbreaking innovation for the gasoline engines: the 2.0 TFSI ultra with 140 kW (190 hp) utilizes a new combustion method. It makes the car especially efficient and allows a CO2 level of 109 grams per kilometer (175.4 g/mi) and a fuel consumption level of 4.8 liters per 100 kilometers (49.0 US mpg).

Engine lineup

  • 1.4 TFSI with 110 kW (150 hp)
  • 2.0 TFSI ultra with 140 kW (190 hp)
  • 2.0 TFSI and 2.0 TFSI quattro with 185 kW (252 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI with 90 kW (122 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI ultra and 2.0 TDI with 110 kW (150 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI ultra, 2.0 TDI and 2.0 TDI quattro with 140 kW (190 hp)
  • 3.0 TDI and 3.0 TDI quattro with 160 kW (218 hp)
  • 3.0 TDI quattro with 200 kW (272 hp)

Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6.7 – 3.7 (35.1 – 63.6 US mpg)
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 153 – 95 (246.6 – 152.9 g/mi)
(Figures vary depending on engine/transmission/wheels/tires)

Manual transmission, S tronic and tiptronic, front-wheel and quattro all-wheel drive – a slew of different solutions for power transmission in the new Audi A4. For each engine version there is a custom-designed technology.

Suspension
The new Audi A4 makes a great stride in drivability: on the one hand sportiness, on the other hand great comfort. This leap forward in performance is based on the newly developed five-link suspension and electromechanical power steering system. Extremely lightweight, they lay the foundation for the dynamic behavior and the first-class ride comfort. At the same time, they reduce fuel consumption. Optionally available is the dynamic steering, which varies its ratio depending on the speed and steering angle. Suspension systems with damper control are also available, allowing the driver to choose between two trim positions for the first time – one with an emphasis on sportiness, the other oriented towards comfort. Both suspension variants are incorporated into the Audi drive select driving dynamics system, which is standard with engines from 190 hp.

Assistance systems and equipment
The new Audi A4 also sets standards in its class thanks to numerous assistance systems. The predictive efficiency assistant helps to save fuel, the Audi active lane assist helps the driver to stay in the lane and the Stop&Go adaptive cruise control including traffic jam assist reduces the driver’s work in slow-moving traffic. A special feature of traffic jam assist is its control strategy. It acquires many different parameters, such as road markings and the group of vehicles driving ahead. From this information the system derives a virtual vehicle path, along which it guides the A4. Other new and important safety features include the park assist, cross traffic assist rear, exit warning system, collision avoidance assist and turn assist as well as the Audi pre sense systems. Camera-based recognition of traffic signs is also offered.

The standard equipment has become even more diverse compared with the predecessor models. It includes Xenon headlights, keyless engine starting, Bluetooth interface, Audi drive select (from 140 kW/190 hp) and a 7-inch MMI color display.

Other technological highlights of the new Audi A4 include the Audi smartphone interface, the Bang & Olufsen Sound System with 3D sound, the Audi phone box with wireless charging and the Audi connect services.

Audi A4 Avant
The Avant models from Audi have been celebrating great successes for over two decades. The combination of aesthetic design and functional utility assures them an exceptional standing.

The new A4 Avant continues this trend – with even more space and more elegance. The maximum capacity is 1,510 liters (53.3 cu ft) with the rear seat backrest folded down. The latter is split 40:20:40, and can be easily folded down to the seat cushions using a lever on the side of the luggage compartment

The luggage compartment of the Audi A4 Avant offers 505 liters (17.8 cu ft) of space, which is 15 liters (0.5 cu ft) more than its predecessor. The loading sill is only 63 centimeters (24.8 in) high, while a standard stainless steel sill cover protects it from scratches. The load-area width measures one meter (3.3 ft).

The cuboid dimensions make the luggage compartment outstandingly practical. A partition net and roof rails are standard, as are the power luggage compartment lid and power luggage compartment cover. Audi also offers other practical features: the optional trailer hitch unlocks electronically at the push of a button. The new Audi A4 Avant is certified for towed loads of up to 2,100 kilograms (4,629.7 lb) (with an eight percent grade).

Engine lineup

  • 1.4 TFSI with 110 kW (150 hp)
  • 2.0 TFSI ultra with 140 kW (190 hp)
  • 2.0 TFSI and 2.0 TFSI quattro with 185 kW (252 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI with 90 kW (122 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI ultra and 2.0 TDI with 110 kW (150 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI ultra, 2.0 TDI and 2.0 TDI quattro with 140 kW (190 hp)
  • 3.0 TDI and 3.0 TDI quattro with 160 kW (218 hp)
  • 3.0 TDI quattro with 200 kW (272 hp)

Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6.4 – 3.8 (36.8 – 61.9 US mpg)
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 147 – 99 (236.6 – 159.3 g/mi)
(Figures vary depending on engine/transmission/wheels/tires)

The Audi A4 Avant offers the same power transmission and chassis technologies as the Audi A4. The same is true for the interior design, assistance systems, infotainment and connectivity.

Audi A4 allroad quattro
The new Audi A4 allroad quattro combines great ride comfort with off-road qualities, allowing it to enjoy a special position in its segment. Thanks to the standard quattro drive and the greater ground clearance, the car also keeps on driving with ease even where the paved road ends.

34 millimeters (1.3 in) greater ground clearance compared with the A4 Avant and a strong, characteristic look are the identifying features of the new A4 allroad quattro. It features a distinct V-shaped front end with a unique bumper and model-specific air inlets. Vertical chrome slats adorn its sculpted Singleframe grill; the robust underbody guard and the rear diffuser are finished in selenite silver. The flared wheel arches and the rear bumper are finished in matt structure gray or body color. There are 14 interior colors from which to choose.

Engine lineup

  • 2.0 TFSI quattro with 185 kW (252 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI quattro with 110 kW (150 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI quattro with 120 kW (163 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI quattro with 140 kW (190 hp)
  • 3.0 TDI quattro with 160 kW (218 hp)
  • 3.0 TDI quattro with 200 kW (272 hp)

Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6.7 – 4.9 (35.1 – 48.0 US mpg)
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 154 – 127 (247.8 – 204.4 g/mi)
(Figures vary depending on engine/transmission/wheels/tires)

quattro all-wheel drive is standard with the new Audi A4 allroad quattro. Depending on the engine, there is a choice of the manual six-speed transmission, the seven-speed S tronic and the eight-speed tiptronic.

Compared with the previous model, the list of standard equipment is even more generous. It includes Xenon headlights, keyless engine starting, power luggage compartment lid, Bluetooth interface, Audi drive select (from 140 kW) and a 7-inch MMI color display.

The equipment, data and prices specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.

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